Joerg Bergmeister will transition into a new role with Porsche in the development of its 911 line of road cars, it has been revealed.
The 43-year-old German, along with fellow longtime factory driver Timo Bernhard, will not return as works drivers next year, with both set to take on brand ambassador roles with the manufacturer.
In addition, Bergmeister will also be involved in development of the 911 production cars, a division now headed up by former Porsche Motorsport boss Dr. Frank-Steffen Walliser.
Bergmeister, who claimed GTE-Am class victory in this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans in what ended up being his last race as a factory driver, began his career with Porsche more than 20 years ago in Carrera Cup competition.
The six-time IMSA champion has also achieved an overall victory in the Rolex 24 at Daytona, as well as class wins in the Twelve Hours of Sebring and Petit Le Mans through his near two-decade run as a factory driver.
“It’s a great honor to become a brand ambassador for Porsche,” Bergmeister said. “When I first started with Porsche, my first race was in 1994, I would have never expected I would receive such an honor.
“It’s really cool and I’m looking forward to the new job as I will also be part of the development of the car I know the best.
“I’ve raced with the 911 for 25 years and now I will be part of developing the street car. I’m really looking forward to it.”